If you're thinking about an undergraduate chemistry major and want to do original, cutting-edge research with an actual faculty member (not a graduate student) then Randolph-Macon Department of Chemistry is the place for you! We offer:
Research projects are currently ongoing in the areas of organometallic and inorganic chemistry (Dr. Schreiner), polymer science, forensic science, and analytical chemistry (Dr. Marchetti), organic chemistry (Dr. Thoburn), environmental chemistry (Dr. Michelsen) and biochemistry (Dr. Green)..
The 4-1-4 curriculum at Randolph-Macon College allows very ambitious students to earn a B.S. chemistry degree in just three years. This option is often pursued by students who decide to major in chemistry after their sophomore year or those who wish to forego a fourth year in college. If you think you might want to obtain your degree in three years, make sure you contact Dr. Schreiner, Department Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHEM 200Math 131 or 141
CHEM 201 Math 132 or 142
CHEM 221Physics 151CHEM Elective
CHEM ElectivePhysics 152 Chemistry 340
CHEM 407CHEM Elective
CHEM 322CHEM 495 CHEM Elective
The chemistry department can arrange an internship for you during the January term. You will work as a chemist at a local chemical industry or state or federal agency for credit. During the internship, you will work approx. 40 hours per week under the direction of a site supervisor. You cannot be paid for the internship while you are receiving coursework credits. Currently, we are encouraging internships with Boehringer-Ingelheim (Richmond and Petersburg) and other local companies such as Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Consolidated Labs (Commonwealth of Virginia Forensics Lab).
The chemistry department offers several scholarship opportunities for both new students to the college and students who have already declared chemistry as a major. The most prominent of these scholarships are the Jackson Fellowships. These fellowships are designed to encourage high-ability chemistry, biology, and pre-med students who are interested in Randolph-Macon College. The scholarships range in value from $1000 to $3000, and are in addition to any other financial aid that the student might receive from the college. The scholarships can be renewed for up to four years. Scholarships are also sometimes awarded to students who are already at the college and who have declared a scientific field as their major.